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Rent thefts total more than $10,000, manager says

Posted: August 15, 2012 7:02 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2012 7:02 p.m.

Thieves who stole money orders from local apartment complexes and cashed them have collected more than $10,000 in a series of thefts, an apartment manager said Wednesday.

“The total is going to be much more than $10,000,” said the man, who asked that his name not be published.

The apartment manager said investigating deputies told him thieves were using “long pieces of metal attached with something sticky like duct tape” to reach inside drop boxes and pull up rent checks.

In response to the theft spree, managers have told tenants not to use money orders in making their rent payments.
In addition, at least one manager has replaced the complex’s drop box with what is believed to be a more secure model, he said.

A woman who also did not want to be named told The Signal she was one of the tenants who had her rent payments stolen.

She said she was assured by managers of her apartment building that insurance would cover her losses for rent but not the fees paid for the money order.

The spree began with thieves stealing money orders from three Santa Clarita Valley residents last week, netting a total of $3,850, according to deputies investigating the reports of theft.

The investigation is ongoing. No suspects have been publicly identified.




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